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UK Orders All England's Poultry Kept In To Fight Bird Flu

British authorities said Monday that all poultry and other captive birds in England must be kept indoors from next week after bird flu was detected in dozens of farms across the country, as well as in wild birds.

The U.K. is facing its worst ever outbreak of avian influenza, with over 200 cases confirmed since October 2021 and millions of birds culled.

The mandatory measures, which come into force on Nov. 7, legally require all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity rules to protect their birds, whether pets, commercial farm poultry or just a few birds in a backyard.

"We are now facing this year the largest ever outbreak of  and are seeing rapid escalation in the number of cases on commercial farms and in backyard birds across England," the U.K.'s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, said in a statement.

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